Cucina Ebraica: An exploration of the Jewish Cooking Tradition of Italy
October 26, at 6:30 p.m.
A fascinating look at how the Jews moved around Italy with the rise and fall of their status through the centuries, shaping and influencing the area’s cuisine, including an in-depth look at how those traditions and customs are still present today. The evening, which is presented by the Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco, will be a conversation between the Institute’s food expert, Viola Buitoni, and Francesco Spagnolo, the curator of the Magnes Museum in Berkeley and a scholar on all things Jewish Italian. And you thought all they eat is spaghetti? Bon Appetito!
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No fee for admission
Italian Cultural Institute
601 Van Ness Avenue
Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival
Celebration: The Story of Israeli Cinema Opening Night
Opening Night on October 27, at 7:30 p.m.
If you love movies, this festival is definitely for you! The festival’s opening night will present a milestone documentary that challenges the way we think about the history of Israeli cinema. The film travels from the sixties to the present day, combining hundreds of interviews with rare archival footage. It sheds a spotlight on Israel’s key movie gurus. Following the screening of the movie, meet producer Arik Bernstein, a leading force in the Israeli film industry for the past 25 years. His films have been shown all over the world and have been awarded numerous Israeli and International prizes. Meet special guest Mike Burstyn, an award-winning actor whose career has spanned Yiddish theatre, Broadway, and film. Don’t miss the festival’s centerpiece event on November 12th with the screening of “Potsdam Revisited: Overture to the Cold War,” a special event and live music which will transport the audience back to July 1945 when amid the ruins of Berlin, Harry Truman, Winston Churchill, and Josef Stalin paused to listen to 19-year-old GI Stuart Canin play his violin. “The Rifleman’s Violin,” a short documentary, tells this story.
Harmony for Humanity: Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert
October 27, at 7:30 p.m.
The renowned St. Lawrence String Quartet leads Stanford’s annual free concert honoring the life and memory of alumnus Daniel Pearl, the violin-playing Wall Street Journal reporter who was murdered in 2002 in Pakistan. Now in its 15th year, the program will include works by Ludwig van Beethoven, David Popper, Gabriel Fauré, with Stanford violinist Livia Sohn, composers Jonathan Berger, and Jaroslaw Kapuscinski performed by the St. Lawrence, the Stanford Chamber Chorale. Stanford Memorial Church, the university’s architectural crown jewel, was built during the American Renaissance by Jane Stanford as a memorial to her husband Leland Stanford, the founder of the university.
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No fee for admission
Tickets will be available at the door one hour prior to the performance.
Memorial Church at Stanford University
450 Serra Mall at Main Quad, Stanford/Palo Alto
Orquesta Victoria: A 14-piece Tango Orchestra in Napa Valley
November 16, at 7:30 p.m.
This is a perfect time to plan your November weekend getaway to the wine country where the Villa Crespo Productions, in collaboration with Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts presents Orquesta Victoria, one of the most innovative tango orchestras in Buenos Aires. The 14-piece tango orchestra, with its vibrant dynamism and sheer elegance, will display a wide-ranging repertoire going from the re-imagination of beloved tango classics to brand new tangos by San Francisco composer Débora Simcovich, building thematic bridges between the streets of Buenos Aires and the experience of California’s diaspora. The orchestra will be joined on stage by internationally renowned dancers Andrea Monti and Adrián Durso and famous singer Mariana Quinteros. Hope they don’t mind if you tango for two in the aisles of Lincoln Theater. Anything can happen in Napa Valley.
Lina Broydo immigrated from Russia, then the Soviet Union, to Israel where she was educated and got married. After working at the University in Birmingham, England she and her husband immigrated to the United States. She lives in Los Altos Hills, CA and writes about travel, art, style, entertainment, and sports. She hardly cooks or bakes, with no borsch or piroshky on her home cooking menu. Therefore, she makes reservations and enjoys dining out, mostly sushi.